Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sublevels Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We are band from Cordoba, Argentina, part of the South American Death Metal scene, Sublevels was formed in the year 2010 and since then have been growing steadly as a group of metal musicians in this part of the world.

 2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Our music is a blend of extreme death metal with elaborated grooves and progresive/experimental music elements, we focus mainly on delivering the most brutal compositions with a big enfasis on groove and rhythms.

 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The themes that our songs cover, lyrically, deal with madness, death, aliens, suicide and the darkness of the human psyche. The lyrics of the songs are intended to be as brutal as the music that we play, so they go hand to hand with the tunes.

 4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

The name was borrowed from a Messhugah song title, but it also has a speacial meaning for each of us, the name "Sublevels" can be interpreted in many ways, for me (Gaston, guitarist) it refers to the world of the dead, which is underground and so it gives me the image of a labyrinth of tunnels, a maze of hidden cities deep beneath the earth, that is one possible interpretation.
The term Sublevels is also taken from the theoretical physic sciences, where it is used to describe the structure of the atom.

 5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We try to deliver all our energy in every show, no matter where or for how many people in the audience, we are constant, allways giving our best in every single performance, with full blown energy and brutallity as it should be considering the music that we make.

Our best shows so far were in San Salvador de Jujuy in the far northwest of our country, where people are absolute crazy, best audience ever, very brutal mosh and very warm people, we loved it.
Another great show was given in our hometown Córdoba in a open air show at a downtown square, it was great, lot of our friends and fans showed for our performance and we played really good.

 6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

Right now we are finishing the first part of the national tour for Eo Abyssvs Occvltvs, having covered many of the most important cities in Argentina, and for the future we are planning to tour other countries such as Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay and also visit some of the cities in Argentina that were left off the tour.

 7. Currently the band is being promoted by Abyssal Warfare, how did you get in contact with them and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?

The owner of AW Promotions contacted us after getting a press pack from us and hearing our material and after we talked, we connected and they became our main promoters in Europe, so far its been a great work relation, we are very grateful for all the reviews, interviews and recognition that we are getting from all their work.

 8. On a worldwide level how has the support been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

Our first album "Eo Abyssvs Occvltvs" got great reviews by the international press and the album is available worldwide in digital format, its doing great in Europe and the USA.

 9. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

Each one of us has other musical interests and projects, Sublevels being the main band for us to tour and play live. Gaston and Andres are recording a new album with their side project Devius, which is a experimental extreme metal band.

 10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We want our music to be more brutal, extreme, fast and also integrate more grooves and progresive elements into the mix.

 11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

While forming the band the influences were artist like Oceano, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Chelsea Grin, Divine Heresy etc. more oriented to the Deathcore scene, but also there were more classic bands like Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Nile, Morbid Angel, etc.

 12. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes, in the lyrics the theme of occultism is present and is also used for musical inspiration, but it is something in which we cannot elaborate much further, its very personal and we want to keep this private.

 13. How would you describe the metal scene in your home country of Argentina?

Metal in Argentina was never very popular and the most known artists practice a form of hard rock or traditional metal rather than thrash or more extreme forms of metal. Anyway in the underground scene there is a growing fan base for bands like ours and people is getting more and more moved by extreme metal, which is great for us. Bands are also putting more effort in releasing good sounding albums and performing in shows with a professional level, that obviously helps the scene to grow.

 14. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

For me personally (Gaston) music is everything, exploring and listening to different forms of music, for example, is very important to keep things fresh and to keep being motivated to play metal. Besides music i like reading a lot and i have a psychology degree, so i always keep studying and reading about that matter.

 15. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview

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